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Apr 9, 2008 12:22 PM

(SEA)Dungeness Crabs and other seattle delights?

Looking for some recommendations on :

1/Dungeness Crabs and other seattle delights;
2/ Good outdoor dining (prefably with good seafood, and recommendations on what to order);
3/ good authentic Chinese and other Asian - particularly authentic Thai (with recommendations on what to order)

We will be staying in area not far from Pike's Market.

A number of years ago, I had excellent
dungeness crabs for below 20 dollars in Chinatown, and ate there virtually every night. Anything similar these days?

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  1. For crab go to Seven Star Szechuan Pepper in the International District and order the Szechuan crab. It will fulfill both requests one and three.

    7 Star Pepper Szechwan Rstrnt
    1207 S Jackson St Ste 111, Seattle, WA 98144

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    1. re: dagrassroots

      I second the Seven Star recommendation. Honestly, it may be the best seafood dish in Seattle.

    2. May I suggest the Black Pepper Crab at Malay Satay Hut? 212 12th Ave South about a block away from Seven Star Pepper. Outdoor dining is not so easy to find this time of year.

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      1. re: Leymergie

        Thanks folks. Keep the suggestions coming!

        1. re: Leymergie

          How does the MSH black pepper crab compare with its dry curry crab?

          I bent on getting a crab dish in the ID tonight, and I'm deciding between these two and the sea garden black bean sauce version.

        2. For thai, see this post. Unfortunately, not alot of these are near to Pike Place.

          I don't know when you are visting, but the NWS predicts a substantial warming this weekend (FWIW). Flying Fish is a well-regarded seafood place near to Pike Place, and it has outdoor seating when the climate permits. I haven't yet been so I can't provide specific dish suggestions.

          Matt's in the Market has a changing meny that features very seafood; I had a rich bisque with impressively large dungeness morsels.

          1. I'll recommend for #'s 1 & 3 ... the dungeness w/ black bean @ Sea Garden in the International Dist.
            Not sure if your visit is soon if so you won't find much in outdor dining .. though I do remember their having blankets at Ray's Boathouse for those sitting on the bar's deck...could be perfect for a cool dry sunset.

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            1. re: oliveoyl

              You folks are making me hungry. Our visit will be at the end of this month. I am sorry to hear that it is too chilly to sit outside. Pls keep the recommendations coming. Many thanks. We are looking for a wonderful visit.

              1. re: dec111

                The Pink Door (in the Market) may have their deck open. It's a fantastic spot. The food used to be bad but I've heard great things since a new chef (one whose previous restaurant I loved) took over last year. You can also just have a drink on the deck.
                And yes, 7 Stars Pepper for Szechuan crab (spicy).

                1. re: christy319

                  I'll second the Pink Door--you can't beat the view from the deck. It's more likely to be warm enough if you go for lunch--and even if it's chilly, I seem to remember that they have heaters out there--can anyone confirm this?)

                  Pink Door
                  1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              2. re: oliveoyl

                second the dungeness w/black bean at sea garden. it's whole crab, quite a production and delicious. i've never tried the szechuan crab at 7 star pepper. i'd love to though. is it served whole as well?

              3. delicious Dungeness Crab & Sea Scallop filled crepes (excellently executed 'heavenly' crepes) at Brasserie Margaux in the Warwick Hotel.